THE MISSION OF THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND STATISTICS is to apply the highest level of scientific rigor and objectivity in the study of criminal justice policies, programs and practices, and to identify activities that improve the administration of justice. This includes educating policy makers, practitioners, fellow researchers, and the public through the timely dissemination of research findings.

The Office of Research and Statistics (ORS) exists within the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) in the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS) to fulfill a number of DCJ's statutory mandates. These mandates include the administration of a statistical analysis center (SAC) supported in part by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to facilitate the exchange of data and information. Visit the Justice Information Research Network (formerly, the Justice Research and Statistics Association) for information about Statistical Analysis Centers across the country. Additional statutory mandates may be found at About-ORS: Legislative Mandates.

The ORS analyzes justice policies and problems, evaluates criminal justice programs, conducts recidivism studies, provides research support to the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), and distributes information through publications, training sessions, and its web site. The ORS undertakes this work to assist the General Assembly, the Governor's Office, other state and local agencies, and the public for the purpose of enhancing the quality of criminal justice at all levels of government.

This website is partly funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and services or tools provided).

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